Falmouth Road Race

New England ACSM Annual Meeting

By Rachel Katch, MS, ATC, Associate Director of Occupational and Military Safety

 

On October 13th & 14th, students and staff from the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Connecticut (UConn) attended the annual New England American College of Sports Medicine (NEACSM) conference in Providence, RI titled, “Advancing the Profession – One Step at a Time. Many members of KSI used this platform to present various topics of their interest. Yuri Hosokawa presented on LPS-induced TLR-4 activation during prolonged running and cycling events in hot and humid environments. Rachel Katch presented on the use of the heat stress score and how those can predict preparedness to run in an outdoor race. Gabe Giersch presented her master’s thesis from James Madison University which is titled, The Effect of the CYP1A2 -163 C>A Polymorphism on the Metabolism of Caffeine and Effect on Performance. Abigail Colburn presented her bachelor’s degree research about hydration knowledge and perception in DI NCAA male soccer athletes as well as the influence of water vessel on consumption and perception. Dr. Douglas Casa, Dr. Rebecca Stearns, and Dr. William Adams presented on policy change in sport, epidemiology of sudden death in sport, how policy changes can save lives and protect athletes, and how to initiate policy changes in secondary school athletics.

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At the NEACSM Expo, UConn’s Department of Kinesiology provided information regarding its new Exercise Prescription Online Graduate Certificate Program. This program is for individuals interested in transitioning into the field of Exercise Science, Sports Medicine, Kinesiology, Personal Training, Exercise Physiology, and Health and Fitness. Additionally, this program is targeted at individuals who are looking to enhance their current job credentials or earn degree advancement. This is a 9-credit, three course online graduate certificate that can help advance knowledge base in a very dynamic field, preparing individuals to take their career to the next level.

 

At the completion of this online certificate program, students will:

  • Learn about the nuances of administering exercise stress tests in healthy and unhealthy populations.
  • Become proficient in evaluating a person’s overall health prior to beginning of an exercise program and throughout program maintenance.
  • Understand how to incorporate aerobic, resistance, concurrent, neuromotor and flexibility exercise appropriately into exercise plans.
  • Learn about the underlying processes involved with chronic diseases or special health conditions.
  • Become adept at using the F.I.T.T. (Frequency, Intensity, Time, Type) principle of exercise prescription to prevent, treat, and manage these conditions.
  • Learn how to develop individualized exercise prescriptions to increase and promote physical activity, fitness, strength, endurance, and flexibility to optimize health and meet athletic performance goals.
  • Learn how to use behavioral strategies to increase adherence with exercise plans.
  • Become adept at recognizing common medication classes likely to be encountered by health/fitness professionals, and how they may influence the exercise responses.

 

The application deadline for the Spring 2017 semester is December 2nd, 2016. More information and applications can be found online at http://exerciseprescription.uconn.edu.

Back in Falmouth

By Yuri Hosokawa, MAT, ATC, Director of Communication and Education

IMG_8657Twenty-seven research and medical volunteers from the Korey Stringer Institute, EC Lee Lab and University of Connecticut joined the 44th New Balance Falmouth Road Race in Falmouth, MA on August 21st. This was the fourth consecutive year in which KSI conducted a field research study at the race in conjunction with working in the medical tent treating exertional heat stroke patients. In this year’s study, we aimed to (1) investigate runner’s knowledge on heat and hydration and behaviors on race day and (2) investigate the use of real time gastrointestinal temperature feedback in altering runner’s behavior during the race. We also assessed participants’ readiness to exercise in the heat by measuring their cardiovascular fitness and their response to heat stress in our environmental chamber.

 

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KSI’s Rebecca Stearns, PhD, ATC and Luke Belval, MS, ATC also spoke at the Medical Symposium hosted by the Falmouth Hospital, which was attended by many medical volunteers and local healthcare professionals. Dr. Stearns’ presentation, The Tale of Two Heat Strokes, introduced case studies of two runners who suffered from exertional heat stroke at the same race with distinctly different prognosis due to the different treatment they received. Belval’s presentation, The Fluid Needs for Today’s Athletes, provided evidence-based suggestions on hydration. At the Health & Fitness Expo, William Adams, PhD, ATC spoke on Optimizing Safety and Maximizing Performance During Running the Heat, which was attended by many runners who were going to be racing the following day.

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We would like to thank the Falmouth Road Race Board of Directors for their continued support and partnership with the Korey Stringer Institute in supporting our mission to educate runners and continue our research in ways to optimize their performance and safety during warm weather road races such as Falmouth Road Race.

 

 

 

2015 New Balance Falmouth Road Race

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By Yuri Hosokawa, Director of Communication and Education

Korey Stringer Institute had another successful year working with the Falmouth Road Race, which took place on Sunday August 16th. KSI and the Falmouth Road Race expanded their collaboration together even further this year. On August 13th, William Adams, Director of Sports Safety Policies, Yuri Hosokawa, Director of Communication and Education, and Rachel Katch, Assistant Director of Research, presented at the 1st Annual New Balance Falmouth Road Race Sports Medicine Symposium, with Dr. John Jardine, Chief Medical Advisor of KSI. This was the first time that Falmouth Road Race hosted a medical symposium for local medical professionals and volunteers who have traveled across the country to work at the medical tent on race day. At the symposium, Adams presented on evidence based prevention, treatment, and care of exertional heat stroke, Hosokawa presented on emerging topics on sudden cardiac arrest in runners, and Katch presented on exertional hyponatremia and best practices for hydration. On August 15th, Dr. Robert Huggins, Vice President of Research and Elite Athlete Health and Performance, spoke at the EXPO on maximizing athletic performance in the heat.

 

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Also during race weekend, we had the opportunity to invite professional videographers to film interviews with Richard Dodakian, one of the exertional heat stroke survivors from the Falmouth Road Race, and Huggins. As they recalled the same event from 2013’s race, it was incredible to hear their stories from different perspectives—exertional heat stroke victim/survivor and the rescuer. The interview is currently under production. Please follow our social media and webpage for the video release. Their words will change the way you view medical care provided at the road race for thousands of runners. Remember, exertional heat stroke is 100% survivable with prompt recognition and appropriate care: cool first, transport second.

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This year’s race was very warm and humid, setting a perfect storm for exertional heat illness risk. To counter that, the road race organizers came prepared with rows of cold water immersion tubs and stations, with close to 200 medical professionals volunteering on the race day. KSI primarily assisted in the care of exertional heat stroke patients, educating the medical volunteers who are unfamiliar with the condition at the pre-race medical meeting and serving as leaders at each cooling station.

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We were also fortunate to have representatives from our corporate partners, Kestrel and MissionAthlete Care, to join us at the race as volunteer. It was their first time to experience the intensity of a road race medical tent and see the treatment of exertional heat stroke cases.

 

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Lastly, Hosokawa and Katch conducted the third field research study at the Falmouth Road Race, looking into the inflammatory response observed in runners completing the race. The study started 4 weeks before race, where the participants were asked to log their training. In addition, researchers invited the participants to the University of Connecticut campus to complete VO2max and lactate threshold testing to examine their fitness level prior to the race. Hosokawa is also working in collaboration with the EC Lee Lab, lead by Dr. Elaine Lee, at the University of Connecticut, to investigate potential genetic markers that may explain the variations of heat tolerance observed in runners. Our hope is to provide evidence-based recommendations for runners who are participating in the summer races and assist the Falmouth Road Race to become one of the safest summer road races in the world.

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Falmouth Road Race weekend is by far the busied but most exciting weekend for KSI. We hope that our collaboration with the race will continue to grow in future years and hopefully inspire other races to have similar partnerships with KSI.